Thresholds and rates
The threshold at which SDLT becomes payable on the purchase of a
residential property is raised from £60,000 to £120,000
for land transactions from 17 March 2005. As transactions above
the threshold are charged in full at 1%, there is no saving
for someone buying a house for £121,000, but a purchaser at
£119,000 will save £1,190.
The higher thresholds for the 3% and 4% rates remain at
£250,001 and £500,001.
The exemption for commercial property in 'disadvantaged areas'
is abolished with effect from 17 March 2005. The general threshold
for commercial property (£150,000) will apply. Where a contract
was entered into up to 16 March 2005, the exemption will be preserved
on completion, provided there is no significant variation of the
Stamp duty, which still applies to transfers of shares, has not
been changed by the Budget.